Just a day after India’s fastest train ‘Vande Bharat Express’ was flagged off by PM Modi, the indigenous train broke down while returning from Varanasi early on Saturday morning. ‘Train 18’, as it was initially called was halted around 5:30 am at Bahrain, 15 kilometers from Tundla in Uttar Pradesh.
The train was heading back to Delhi from Varanasi for its first commercial run. The train, however, resumed operations around 8:15 am after the technical snag was fixed, railway officials said.
The officials maintained that it was a case of “skidding wheels” due to a cattle run over by the train. “It was a case of skidding wheels after the train ran over a cattle. Engineers are looking into it,” Northern Railway CPRO Deepak Kumar said.
However, the media reports cite a different story. As per the reports, four coaches of the train experienced an electrical outage and the breaks were also jammed due to engine failure.
This was not a commercial run of the train. The commercial operations will start from Sunday, February 17.